Dec 28, 2010 11:59 AM by Andy Koen
Water service has been fully restored to residents in Rocky Ford, however a mandatory boil order is in place for at least the 24 to 48 hours. Rick Ritter, executive director of the Otero County Health Department says any time there is a break in a closed water system there is possibility for bacterial or other contamination.
Ritter says water samples have been sent to the state health department for testing. The results must show that the water is clean in order for the boil order to be lifted.
In the meantime, he stresses that people in Rocky Ford must either boil their tap water for at least 3 minutes, or drink bottled water.
Rocky Ford Mayor Mac Holder said on Monday that four water mains burst on Christmas Day causing the outage. Those lines have since been repaired.
City manager Dan Hyatt told News First 5 that Rocky Ford is in the process of renovating its water system to prevent future breaks and outages.
"We're not finished with it yet, when we are finished we'll have a backup main coming into town to prevent this kind of problem in the future," Hyatt said.